Player Profiles

Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole

Name: Stephen Cole

Position: Midfield

School: St. Andrews College

Club: Monkstown, HC

1st Cap: July 2011 V Egypt

Favourite sporting moment to date: Lifting the IHL trophy alongside my three brothers

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: My parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Always believe you can add value

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard at mastering the basics, it’s makes everything else easier. Watch as much top-level hockey as possible and above all have fun along the way.

Instagram: @Stephendcole

Twitter: @stephendcole

Shane O’Donoghue

Shane O’Donoghue

Name: Shane O’Donoghue

Position: Midfield

Club: Glenanne H.C.

School: The High School Dublin

1st Cap: April 2011 Vs Canada in UCD

Favourite sporting moment to date: Representing Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: I am incredibly lucky to have a great support network who have been there in the high and low moments of my career. My Dad from a young age would have always pushed me to be the best I can in whatever I do.

Best advice you received from a coach: “Control the controllables”

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy the journey you go on, enjoy the opportunities that sport offers and enjoy the moments that will become great memories

Instagram: @shane.od

Twitter: @shaneod16

Sean Murray

Sean Murray

Name: Sean Murray

Position: Midfield

Club: KHC Leuven

School: Wallace High School

1st Cap: October 2015 against Argentina

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the 2018 Hockey World cup in India

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family

Best advice you received from a coach: Enjoy the process.

Advice to young hockey players: Most importantly have fun, enjoy hockey and play as much as possible.

Instagram: @sean1murray

Twitter:@sean5597

Stuart Loughrey

Stuart Loughrey

Name: Stuart Loughrey

Position: Defence

School: St Andrews College

Club: Bath Bucaneers

1st Cap: Canada 2011

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the World Cup and the World Cup opening game against Australia

Age they began playing at: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: Coach – Paul Revington, on the pitch – Ronan Gormley

Best advice you received from a coach: Keep a scrapbook and write down your thoughts post-training and games. You will learn a lot about yourself over the years.

Advice to young hockey players: Surround yourself with positive and driven teammates that want to rewrite the history books

Instagram: @stuartloughrey

Twitter: @stuloughrey

Michael Robson

Michael Robson

Name: Michael Robson

Position: Midfield

School: Sullivan Upper School

Club: Crefelder HTC

1st Cap: January 2014 v Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: European Bronze 2015

Age started playing hockey: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Play with freedom

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard and enjoy playing

Instagram: @mrobson_22

Twitter: @mrobson22

Lee Cole

Lee Cole

Name: Lee Cole

Position: Defender

School: St. Andrews College

Club: Monkstown HC

1st Cap: Feb 2015 vs France

Favourite sporting moment to date: Walking onto the field game 1 vs Australia at the World Cup

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: Graham Shaw

Best advice you received from a coach: Nail the simple things without fail

Advice to young hockey players: Play hard and leave it all on the pitch.

Instagram: @leecole29

Twitter : @leecole29

Johnny Mckee

Johnny Mckee

Name: Johnny McKee

Position: Forward

Club: Crefelder

School: Banbridge Academy

1st Cap: My first international was against Argentina in 2017

Favourite sporting moment to date: I have many sporting moments that I have enjoyed these include EHL round 1 with Banbridge HC at havelock park, winning WL2 and Hamburg masters with Ireland.

Age started playing hockey: Since I was a baby I had a hockey stick in my hand

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family

Best advice you received from a coach: Play with freedom

Advice to young hockey players: Always try and have fun in training and in matches

Instagram: @johnny_mckee15

Twitter: @johnnymckee_15

David Fitzgerald

David Fitzgerald

Name: David Fitzgerald

Position: GK

School: St. Andrews

Club: Monkstown HC

1st Cap: 2010 v France in Cookstown

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Nigel Henderson

Best advice you received from a coach: Trust your abilities

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy playing and learning the game

Instagram: @fitzygk32

Twitter: @dfitzy23

Jeremy Duncan

Jeremy Duncan

Name: Jeremy Duncan

Position: Midfield

School: Kilkenny College

Club: Monkstown HC

1st Cap: 2013 against Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: For me personally, beating New Zealand in Johannesburg to qualify for the 2019 World Cup. However, watching Tiger Woods win The 2019 Masters was probably the most memorable sporting moment I’ve witnessed.

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: My parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Have a go.. if it doesn’t come off work as hard as you can to win the ball back

Advice to young hockey players: Aim to be the hardest worker, nail your basics, have fun and express yourself

Instagram: @jeremyduncan20

Twitter: @Jezzebelle20

David Harte

David Harte

Name: David Harte

Position: GK

Caps: 225

School: Bandon Grammar School

Club: SV Kampong (Holland)

1st Cap: August 2006 v France

Favourite sporting moment to date: Representing Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: My family

Best advice you received from a coach: Never to become complacent

Advice to young hockey players: If you want something badly enough, don’t be afraid to go after it!

Instagram: @daveyharte

Twitter: @daveyharte

Daragh Walsh

Daragh Walsh

Name: Daragh Walsh

Position: Midfield

Club: Three Rock Rovers

School: Wesley College

1st Cap: 2017 vs. Pakistan

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the Hockey World Cup in India

Age started playing hockey: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: Too many to name.

Best advice you received from a coach: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Advice to young hockey players: Watch as much international hockey as possible

Instagram:@Daraghwalsh

Twitter: @daraghjwalsh8

Conor Harte

Conor Harte

Name: Conor Harte

Position: Centre Back

Club: Royal Club de Racing Bruxelles

School: Bandon Grammar School

1st Cap: August 2006 vs France

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning All-Ireland Schools Title, Rio Olympics 2016 and World Cup 2018

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: Too many people to name

Best advice you received from a coach: Complete 9 out of 10 passes every day passes

Advice to young hockey players: Never underestimate what results hard work can yield

Instagram: @ConorHarte27

Twitter: @ConorHarte27

John Jackson

John Jackson

Name: John Jackson

Position: Defender

School: Ballyclare High School / RBAI

Club: Bath Buccaneers, Mossley Hockey Club

1st Cap: 29th July 2006 versus England

Favourite sporting moment to date: Representing Team Ireland at Rio 2016

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: Paul Revington, David Ralph and Mossley Hockey Club

Best advice you received from a coach: Accentuate the positives, eliminate the negatives, latch on to the affirmatives

Advice to young hockey players: Be relentlessly positive and positively relentless

Instagram:@johnhjackson3

Twitter: @JohnHJackson3

Ben Walker

Ben Walker

Name: Ben Walker

Position: Forward

Caps: 35

School: St. Andrews College

Club: Three Rock Rovers HC

1st Cap: February 2017 vs France in Malaga

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in European Championships and EHL

Age started playing hockey: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: Teammates

Best advice you received from a coach: Trust your ability

Advice to young hockey players: Play to your strengths

Instagram: @benwalker71

Twitter: @benwalker_71

Peter Caruth

Peter Caruth

Name: Peter Caruth

Position: Forward

School: Gilnahirk Primary (Cabin Hill & Campbell College)

Club: Corinthians Hockey Club

1st Cap: Argentina

Favourite sporting moment to date: Scoring a ridiculous ‘squeeze’ shot and that tiny thing of competing and scoring in an Olympic games

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: My parents and the Smyth Family

Best advice you received from a coach: Trailer park girls go round the outside’

Advice to young hockey players: You may not make it when your young due to a number of reasons or coaches, but if you want it bad enough and you can play hard but with a smile and a laugh you’ll go a long way.

Instagram: @peteostrich13

Peter Caruth

Luke Madeley

Name: Luke Madeley

Position: Centre-back

Club: KHC Leuven

School: Wesley College Dublin

1st Cap: June 2017 vs. Pakistan

Favourite sporting moment to date: 3 in a row EYHL Champions with Three Rock Rovers

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: Niall Denham

Best advice you received from a coach: Always threaten to play forward passes

Advice to young hockey players: Learn from every experience and don’t take playing for granted

Instagram:@lukemadeley1

Twitter: @luke_madeley

Peter Caruth

Mark Ingram

Name: Mark Ingram

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Pembroke Wanders

School: Oatlands College

1st Cap: France 2014

Favourite sporting moment to date: Getting my first cap

Age started playing hockey: 7

Instagram: @markingram93

Twitter: @markiggy93

Peter Caruth

James Carr

Name: James Carr

Position: Goal Keeper

Club: KHC Leuven

School: St Andrews College

1st Cap: Ireland v France 2015

Favourite sporting moment to date: My first cap and see my goal of playing abroad professionally become reality!

Age started playing hockey: 15

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Dad

Best advice you received from a coach: Enjoy what you are doing! Simple advice but helped my see clearly and play without pressure!

Advice to young hockey players: Nobody cares about excuses, keep your head down and work hard!

Instagram: @jamescarr00

Twitter:@jamescarr00

Peter Caruth

Neal Glassey

Name: Neal Glassey

Position: Midfield

Club: Crefelder HTC.

School: Glengormley High School.

1st Cap: November 2014 vs France.

Favourite sporting moment to date: Beating New Zealand to qualify for the 2018 WC.

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: Craig Fulton.

Best advice you received from a coach: Trust in your ability and know that you’ve done all you can when it comes to the tournament.

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy every step of the way and take every opportunity you can.

Instagram:@nealglassey

Twitter:@nealglassey

Tim Cross

Tim Cross

Name: Tim Cross

Position: Defender

Club: HC Tilburg

School: Kew High School (Australia)

1st Cap: 5/4/2015 against Canada

Favourite sporting moment to date: My AFL team (the Magpies) winning the premiership in 2010.

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Grandpa and Jim Irvine

Best advice you received from a coach: Train the way you play

Advice to young hockey players: Make sure to always enjoy what you are doing, and work hard.

Instagram: @timcross04

Twitter: @TimCross04

Ben Palmer

Ben Palmer

Name: Ben Palmer

Position: Midfield

Club: Instonians HC

School: RBAI

1st Cap: 

Favourite sporting moment to date: Training with the Senior Men

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: My father

Best advice you received from a coach: Mistakes are made so that you can learn from them

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t let the pressure get the better of you; play for enjoyment

Instagram:@palmsmash

Twitter: @BenPalmer98

Conor Beck

Conor Beck

Name: Conor Beck

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: University College Cork Men’s Hockey Club (UCC MHC)

School: Villiers Secondary School

1st Cap: U16 v Scotland,22nd March 2016, Glasgow National Hockey Centre

Favourite sporting moment to date: Representing Ireland at u21 level in 2019.

Age started playing hockey: 7 years old

Who has had the most influence on your career: Definitely my father, driving me all over the country to training and games. Wouldn’t be where I am today without him. From a Hockey point of view growing up watching David Harte and seeing a goalie from Munster make it to the very top was a massive inspiration.

Best advice you received from a coach: “On time is late” although not specific to hockey it is a mantra I have always followed. Getting to training and matches early means you are set up well and can get the most out of every session or match.

Advice to young hockey players: Watch as much hockey as possible to learn from the best and don’t forget to enjoy it and most importantly have fun.

Instagram: @cjbeck23

Twitter: @cjbeck23

Sam O’Connor

Sam O’Connor

Name: Sam O’Connor

Position: Sweeper

Club: Glenanne

School: St Benildus College

1st Cap: France, January 2017 in Malaga

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the IHL with Glenanne in 2018

Age started playing hockey: 6 years old

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Dad, comes from a very experienced hockey background and helped me a lot through the years.

Best advice you received from a coach: Not every day will you be brilliant on the ball. But on those days if you concentrate hard on your defensive job, the attacking will then follow suit

Advice to young hockey players: Watch as much Top-level hockey as you can and learn from it!

Instagram: @Samoconnor25

Harry Morris

Harry Morris

Name: Harry Morris

Position: Forward

Club: Three Rock Rovers

School: St. Columba’s college

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the EHL KO8

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My father

What one word describes you: Loud

What qualities make a teammate a good team captain: Hard working, selflessness

Best advice you received from a coach: Play for your teammates not for yourself

Advice to young hockey players: Train how you want to play on match day

Instagram: @harry.morriss

Twitter: @harrymorris777

Robert Sweetnam

Robert Sweetnam

Name: Robert Sweetnam

Position: Forward

Club: Cork Cofi

School: Bruce college

1st Cap: Irish u16 v Austria u18

Favourite sporting moment to date: Beating England in the u16 six nations

Age started playing hockey: 7

Best advice you received from a coach: Put any mistake you make behind you and concentrate on the next ball

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard and enjoy the process

Instagram: @Rob_sweetnam02

Jonny Lynch

Jonny Lynch

Name: Jonny Lynch

Position: Midfield

Club: Lisnagarvey

School: Wallace high school

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning IHL with Lisnagarvey hockey club

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Irish international players

Best advice you received from a coach: Never give up

Advice to young hockey players: Stick at it and your chance will come

Instagram: @Jlynch_wyatt

Julian Dale

Julian Dale

Name: Julian Dale

Position: Forward

Club: Pembroke Wanderers

School: Bandon Grammar School

1st Cap: 01/12/2016, 1-1 draw against Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the 2018 Azlan Shah Cup

Age started playing hockey: 4

Who has had the most influence on your career: A lot of old school players from Cork Harlequins & CofI

Best advice you received from a coach: Have fun, it makes things easier

Advice to young hockey players: Have fun, it makes things easier

Instagram: @julesbbz

Twitter: @julesbbz

Mark Samuel

Mark Samuel

Name: Mark Samuel

Position: Defence

Club: UCD

School: Wesley College

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the IHL and ISC with Three Rock Rovers in the 2017/18 season

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: My peers at UCD

Best advice you received from a coach: Play to your strengths

Advice to young hockey players: Ultimately you want to have enjoyment when you play. The more you enjoy the game, the more you’ll progress as a player.

Instagram: @markpjsamuel

Isaac Johnson

Isaac Johnson

Name: Isaac Johnson

Position: Forward

Club: Pembroke Wanderers

School: Newtown School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Scoring the winning goal in the All Ireland Schools 2018 and lifting the Tasmanian trophy with Newtown School for the first time in the school’s history.

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My secondary school coach

Best advice you received from a coach: Play with your head up

Advice to young hockey players: Put in extra work when nobody’s watching. Keep a healthy mindset and don’t get involved with people or habits that will negatively affect your progression. Success might not come when or where you would like, but hard work is rewarded.

Instagram: @isaacjohnson9

Alexander Tinney

Alexander Tinney

Name: Alexander Tinney

Position: Defence

Club: Bainbridge hockey club

School: Raphoe, royal and prior, co.Donegal

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the EHL in Barcelona with Banbridge

Age started playing hockey: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Father

Best advice you received from a coach: Trust in my ability and have a bit of confidence

Advice to young hockey players: Keep your head down train and run harder than everyone else

Instagram: @alexandertinney

Ross Smyth

Ross Smyth

Name: Ross Smyth

Position: Defence

Club: Bandon HC

School: Bandon Grammar School

1st Cap: U16 v Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the triple with Bandon HC in 2018

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Dad

Best advice you received from a coach: Do your own job and the rest will follow

Advice to young hockey players: Play for yourself and no one else

Instagram: @ross__smyth1234

Twitter: @ross__smyth1234

Karl Smyth

Karl Smyth

Name: Karl Smyth

Position: Midfield, Forward

Club: Bandon Hockey Club

School: Bandon Grammar School

1st Cap: 20th February 2019 vs England u16

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the u18 Interpros 2019 and playing in the u16 6 Nations 2019

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My dad, he has coached me at many different levels.

Best advice you received from a coach: You cannot change the past, but you can influence the future.

Advice to young hockey players: Be patient, take every opportunity and make the most of it and work hard

Instagram: @k.a.r.l_s.m.y.t.h

Twitter:@karl_smyth3

Iarlaith O’Neill

Iarlaith O’Neill

Name: Iarlaith O’Neill

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Bandon HC

School: Bandon Grammar School

1st Cap: U18 VS England

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the U18 Interpros

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family

Best advice you received from a coach: It’s not a sprint but a marathon

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy every minute of the sport

Instagram: @iarlaith_oneill

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

Name: Ben Wallace

Position: Defender

Club: Banbridge HC

School: Royal and Prior, Co. Donegal

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing for Irish U21s in a three nations tournament in New York

Age started playing hockey: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Focus on doing the basics well

Advice to young hockey players: Give 100% during every training session and matches, but most importantly enjoy your hockey

Instagram: @Ben_wallace6

Twitter: @benwallace26

Sam Hyland

Sam Hyland

Name: Sam Hyland

Position: Midfield

Club: YMCA hockey club

School: Wesley College

Favourite sporting moment to date: Promotion to EYHL with YMCA

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: Jason Klinkradt

Best advice you received from a coach: Do your best to control the controllables

Advice to young hockey players: Watch as much high-level hockey as possible

Instagram:@samhyland98

Troy Chambers

Troy Chambers

Name: Troy Chambers

Position: Forward

Club: Lisnagarvey Hockey Club

School: Cookstown High School and Wallace High School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the EYHL men’s hockey league

Age started playing hockey: 11

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Dad

Best advice you received from a coach: Don’t think about a mistake and focus on your next play

Advice to young hockey players: Focus and practice basics, dream big and take every opportunity to get on the pitch

Instagram:@_troychambers

Twitter: @troychambers_

James Milliken

James Milliken

Name: James Milliken

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Lisnagarvey

School: Friends’ School Lisburn

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the Irish Senior Cup for the first time against UCD in September 2020

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My goalkeeper coach Raymond Geddis (Geds)

Best advice you received from a coach: “Wait as long as you need to move – then wait one more second” Martijn Drijver

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t feel like you have to take the same path as anyone else to where you want to go

Instagram: @jamesmilliken21

Twitter:@jamesmilliken21

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Name: Ben Johnson

Position: Mid/Forward

Club: Three Rock Rovers

School: Newtown School Waterford

1st Cap: U16s vs Scotland in 2016

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the All Ireland Schoolboys Championship with my school team in 2018.

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: To be diligent and enjoy your time on the pitch but also enjoy the off-time as well.

Advice to young hockey players: To be patient and when there is an opportunity to take your game to the next level, take it.

Instagram: @ben.j_j

Twitter:@Benjnson

Scott Dale

Scott Dale

Name: Scott Dale

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Nottingham Trent University Hockey Club

School: Banbridge Academy

1st Cap: U16 six-nation Nottingham 2017 v Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: Representing Ireland U18 at the U18 euros in Santander and maintaining A division

Age started playing hockey: 13

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Work hard on and off the pitch to reach your goals

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy playing with your mates and learn from your mistakes

Instagram: @scottdale_ntu

Twitter: @Scotty_Daler

Callum Robson

Callum Robson

Name: Callum Robson

Position: Midfield

Club: Crefelder Hockey Tennis Club

School: Sullivan Upper School

1st Cap: 2018 against Germany

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the McCullough Cup in my final year of school

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: There have been many coaches that have influenced my career over the past number of year. However, my primary school teachers, Mrs Harte and Mrs McCartney were the ones who first got me started playing hockey.

Best advice you received from a coach: Train the same way that you play in a match.

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t get disheartened if you aren’t picked for a certain team. Players develop at different rates, so keep working hard and do your best to get selected for the next time.

Instagram: @crobson7

Andrew Salter

Andrew Salter

Name: Andrew Salter

Position: Defence

Club: Cork C of I

School: Ashton

1st Cap: U16 vs Canada in 2017

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the U18 Six Nations in the Netherlands

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: David Hobbs

Best advice you received from a coach: Work hard and do the simple things well

Advice to young hockey players: Always play with a positive attitude and make the most out of every training and match

Instagram:@andrewsalter01

Twitter: @AndrewSalter14

Andy Williamson

Andy Williamson

Name: Andy Williamson

Position: Forward

Club: Lisnagarvey HC

School: Campbell College

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the EHL KO16 / scoring the winner in an ISC

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Ronnie Smyth

Best advice you received from a coach: Work hard on the basics and make the most of every opportunity

Advice to young hockey players: Keep putting the work in, make the most of every training session and the opportunities will come!

Instagram: @shandywill9

Twitter: @AndyWilliams0n

Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Name: Ben Nelson

Position: Forward

Club: Lisnagarvey

School: Wallace High School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Irish Senior Cup Champions 2020

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My older brothers Daniel and Matthew

Best advice you received from a coach: Train hard, win easy

Advice to young hockey players: Train hard, give your all but always remember to have fun

Instagram: @bnel_wyatt

Twitter:@ben_nelson2000

Cole Chambers

Cole Chambers

Name: Cole Chambers

Position: Forward

Club: Lisnagarvey HC

School: Wallace High School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the EYHL league with Lisnagarvey

Age started playing hockey: 15

Who has had the most influence on your career: Definitely my family

Best advice you received from a coach: Remember your strengths

Advice to young hockey players: Take every chance you get and set personal targets to aim for

Instagram: @colechambers5

Twitter: @cole_chambers16

Conor Empey

Conor Empey

Name: Conor Empey

Position: Midfield

Club: UCD Men’s Hockey Club

School: The High School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Reaching the Irish Senior Cup Final with UCD

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: My school coach Paul Fitzpatrick

Best advice you received from a coach: Practice what you’re good at, not only what you need to improve.

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard, watch top players closely and try to figure out what makes them the best

Instagram: @conorempey

Evan Jennings

Evan Jennings

Name: Evan Jennings

Position: Forward

Club: Three Rock Rovers

School: The High School, Dublin

1st Cap: Under 16 Six Nations v Holland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the Senior Schoolboys All Irelands in 2019

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: Paul Fitzpatrick who introduced me to hockey in 1st year

Best advice you received from a coach: Always play to the final whistle

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard, stay positive and you will enjoy yourself

Instagram: @evanjennings1

Twitter: @evanjennings_

Harry MacMahon

Harry MacMahon

Name: Harry MacMahon

Position: Defence

Club: Three Rock Rovers

School: Wesley College

Favourite sporting moment to date: Captain of Ireland U21s

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: School Coaches

Best advice you received from a coach: Trust in yourself and your own abilities.

Advice to young hockey players: Believe in yourself, the process and the journey you’re on. Enjoy every moment of being able to play.

Instagram: @harry_macmahon

Twitter:@MacMahonHarry

Ian Balding

Ian Balding

Name: Ian Balding

Position: Defence

Club: Waterford

School: Newtown

1st Cap: Irish u16 vs Austria 2018

Favourite sporting moment to date: Captaining Munster to our first interpro win in 13 years

Age started playing hockey: 13

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Dad, no doubt about it

Best advice you received from a coach: “Be the big fundamental”

Advice to young hockey players: Keep getting better one day at a time

Instagram: @Ianbalding89

Kevin O’Dea

Kevin O’Dea

Name: Kevin O’Dea

Position: Midfield

Club: Cork C of I

School: Ashton Cork

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning U18 Interpros with Munster

Age started playing hockey: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: David Hobbs

Best advice you received from a coach: Hockey is a simple game, don’t overcomplicate it

Advice to young hockey players: You’re never too good to practice basics

Instagram: @kevinodea5

Kyle Marshall

Kyle Marshall

Name: Kyle Marshall

Position: Defence

Club: Beeston HC

School: Markethill High school / Banbridge Academy

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the All Ireland’s with Banbridge Academy.

Age started playing hockey: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: At a young age: Christine Russell

Best advice you received from a coach: Almost always move the ball with your first touch.

Advice to young hockey players: To keep hockey as fun as possible while being committed.

Instagram: @kyle_m10

Twitter:@kyle_m10

Luke Witherow

Luke Witherow

Name: Luke Witherow

Position: Defence/Midfield

Club: Banbridge Hockey Club

School: Royal and Prior Raphoe

Favourite sporting moment to date: Vice captaining the Ireland U21s at a Europeans

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My dad

Best advice you received from a coach: If you want it, work for it!

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard and enjoy yourself

Instagram:@lukewitherow_

Twitter: @witherow_luke

Mark McNellis

Mark McNellis

Name: Mark McNellis

Position: Defender

Club: Lisnagarvey HC

School: Wallace High School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the Irish Senior Cup

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Back yourself, don’t worry what anyone else thinks

Advice to young hockey players: Make sure you can do the basics well!

Instagram: @markmcnellis

Neil Byrne

Neil Byrne

Name: Neil Byrne

Position: Midfield

Club: Glenanne HC

School: St Colmcilles S.N.S

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the league with my club my dad and grandad played for.

Age started playing hockey: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: My parents, Graham Shaw and Shane O’ Donoghue

Best advice you received from a coach: Keep pushing the boundaries and take every moment you get. You may not get another one.

Advice to young hockey players: Keep practicing and try to be a better person and player every time you go to play. And most importantly have fun. This is something you do in your free time so enjoy it.

Instagram:@neil_byrne7

Peter McKibbin

Peter McKibbin

Name: Peter McKibbin

Position: Defender

Club: Grossflottbeker THGC

School: Regent House Grammar School

1st Cap: July 2019 vs Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Getting my first Senior International cap or winning the IHL with Lisnagarvey.

Age started playing hockey: 11

Who has had the most influence on your career: Probably my teachers/coaches from school who first got me interested in playing hockey.

Best advice you received from a coach: Don’t worry about making mistakes, play with freedom.

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard, play and watch as much hockey as you can, but most importantly have fun.

Instagram: @peter_mckibbin

Twitter: @peter_mckibbin

Ryan Spencer

Ryan Spencer

Name: Ryan Spencer

Position: Forward

Club: Monkstown HC

School: St Andrews college Dublin

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in 2 All Ireland finals and winning 1

Age started playing hockey: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: All my coaches

Best advice you received from a coach: To have fun and not worry about little mistakes

Advice to young hockey players: To enjoy yourself and to not beat yourself up after making mistakes

Instagram:@R.Spencer1

Scott Dale

Scott Dale

Name: Scott Dale

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Nottingham Trent University Hockey Club

School: Banbridge Academy

1st Cap: U16 six-nation Nottingham 2017 v Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: Representing Ireland U18 at the U18 euros in Santander and maintaining A division

Age started playing hockey: 13

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Work hard on and off the pitch to reach your goals

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy playing with your mates and learn from your mistakes

Instagram: @scottdale_ntu

Twitter: @Scotty_Daler

Seán Bateman

Seán Bateman

Name: Seán Bateman

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Cork Church of Ireland

School: Ashton

1st Cap: U16 vs England, February 2019

Favourite sporting moment to date: Playing in the u16 six nations in the Netherlands

Age started playing hockey: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: David Hobbs my school coach for always backing me and pushing me on

Best advice you received from a coach: No matter how many goals you have conceded always focus fully on the next shot. You may concede 5 goals but still win the game 6-5.

Advice to young hockey players: Push yourself out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to learn new things.

Instagram: @seanbateman_